BCHC CarePartners Donate Dementia Resources To Elgin Public Library

The Boone County Health Center CarePartners team is working with local libraries to increase access to resources on dementia care. The team recently presented a donation of $100 to the Elgin Public Library to purchase books and other resources about caring for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss.
“We have books and materials here at the Health Center that we can loan out to participants in our CarePartners program,” said Tonia McGill, occupational therapist and chairperson of the CarePartners team. “Connecting with our libraries will get those resources out to the wider community and be a benefit to even more families,” she added.
CarePartners is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who provide support to people with dementia and their families. Altogether, the team has donated a total of $800 to the eight public libraries in the Health Center’s service area (Albion, Cedar Rapids, Elgin, Fullerton, Newman Grove, Petersburg, Spalding, and St. Edward).
Some libraries will have the materials on display during the month of April, along with additional information and resources on Alzheimer’s and memory loss.
The CarePartners team is also hosting an event on April 28 from 5-7pm in the Kvam room at the Health Center called “Memories Matter: Live in the Moment.” This two-hour interactive event is designed to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and help friends and family members of people with dementia learn new ways to communicate and connect with their loved ones.